Top 5 Application Performance Management Interactive eBooks of 2014

A round-up of our most popular educational application performance management resources of the year for IT/Operations and development teams, bundled in a super neat interactive, digital format for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy, and happy holidays! 1. User-Centric Guide to … [Read more...]

Just One New Kid on the Block in Gartner’s 2014 MQ for Application Performance

Exciting news—SmartBear is featured in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application performance, the only new vendor added this year! Gartner’s annual report published by Jonah Kowall and Will Cappelli reviews leading vendors in the APM space. SmartBear acquired … [Read more...]

6 Challenges Facing DevOps and Operations Teams in 2015

To say that Operations and DevOps will have a new set of challenges in the coming year is a bit redundant, as their entire job is based on solving problems and facing challenges. However the current and future landscape of tools, technologies, and processes is changing … [Read more...]

3 Takeaways from Velocity New York 2014 (and What this Means for APM Solutions)

While exhibiting with the SmartBear AlertSite UXM team in Velocity last week, I managed to skip away from the booth quite a bit to squeeze in as many sessions as possible. The more sessions I attended, the more some common themes started materializing. The three themes that … [Read more...]

User Experience Is Bigger Than Data

In a recent previous post,Why Today's APM Solutions Aren't Optimized for DevOps, I discussed the odd contradiction I’ve been noticing lately in the APM marketplace.  Fragmented approaches to APM are being promoted as solutions to support the DevOps ideal of continuous … [Read more...]

Synthetic Vs Real Application Monitoring: Why You Need Both

In order to properly manage your applications and user experience you need to start with monitoring them.  Application monitoring is evolving—from its beginnings of simply pinging a server to see if it is up, to new, more sophisticated techniques which monitor every detail … [Read more...]

New Gartner APM Report Findings: Big Surprises?

Gartner just published an interesting new report written by Federica De Silva, and Jonah Kowall entitled  “Growth and Criticality of APM Shift Innovation Toward Agile Vendors”.  (As always, we were happy to see SmartBear in the report as a leading vendor to watch!) The … [Read more...]

6 Values Developers and Operations Share in APM Solutions

In a recent post, we looked at the external APM ecology: what factors help promote the use of APM in the organization. While the on-site Dev and Ops cliques have their own desires and needs, they both have common interests. Those common interests should show up in an APM … [Read more...]

An APM Solution Divided Cannot Stand

Frustrations with lack of tool unification might just lead to revolution in the APM space... Application Performance Management (APM) is a broad concept, and many technologies fall under its umbrella. With renewed focus on performance, APM is a very hot topic and a high … [Read more...]

The Complementary Paths of Real and Synthetic Monitoring

There are times when to illuminate an underlying concept of something, you simply must get basic and simple. While we can add accretions to a concept in order to more fully explain it, understanding these additional levels can only occur when the basics are grasped. One … [Read more...]